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5 notes from Bears minicamp

June 14, 2012|RedEye

In case you missed it, Bears minicamp wrapped up Thursday. And although the season's still a few months away, there were a few things to take from the three-day warm-up before the team reports to training camp in Bourbonnais on July 24.

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Not everyone's 100 percent … yet

Some players are still licking their wounds. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, the team's second-round draft pick, missed the first day of minicamp with a lower leg injury, returned to the field Wednesday and sat out again Thursday. Brian Urlacher, on the other hand, was sidelined all three days. In Urlacher's case, there's not really much to tackle now, anyway.

Earl Bennett loses his pants

Not literally, mind you. The receiver simply spoke about a commercial he taped earlier this year for Brass (which uses the annoying spelling Br4ss). "I did an underwear commercial out in Los Angeles," Bennett said. "Some people liked it, some people didn't. It was fun, it was a good time. My wife approved it. That's what matters a lot." Guess he was tired of David Beckham stealing all the modeling gigs.

Jay Cutler has less 'competition'

The Bears cut Nathan Enderle on Thursday, reducing the number of quarterbacks on the roster to four. Jason Campbell will be the backup, Josh McCown the No. 3 and Matt Blanchard has a chance to land on the practice squad—which is code for "pretend to be Aaron Rodgers twice a year."


"In my 10 years of being here, this is the best group of [cornerbacks] we've had, just overall talent. They're still learning the defense, but just as far as a talent standpoint, this is by the far the best group."

—Cornerback Charles Tillman


July 16

To no one's surprise, Matt Forte did not attend the minicamp. The running back has until July 16 to sign a multiyear deal; otherwise, he must play the 2012 season on a one-year contract.

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